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Bill Ritchie Handicap

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History

PROBABEEL winning the Bill Ritchie Handicap.
PROBABEEL winning the Bill Ritchie Handicap. Picture: Steve Hart

The Bill Ritchie Handicap is a Group 3 race run under Quality Handicap conditions for open class horses at Randwick conducted by the Australian Turf Club.
The Bill Ritchie Handicap is run over 1400m. It was first run in 1978 and was won by Go Mod.
The Bill Ritchie Handicap has been run at Rosehill, Warwick Farm and Randwick where it has been since 2012.
The Bill Ritchie Handicap has always been run over 1400m. It was a Listed race until 1997 then Group 3 after that.
This is a traditional handicap lead up to the Epsom Handicap.
The race was run for many years but not at black type level and not under this name.
Steps In Time and Judged are the only mares to win in the last 20 years.
Boban and Kolding are the only horses to do the Bill Ritchie/Epsom Handicap double.
In 2019 Kolding would win the G1 Epsom and inaugural Golden Eagle his next two starts while Fierce Impact took the G1 Toorak and G1 Cantala his next couple.
The 2007 race was not held due to the Equine Influenza break out.
The Bill Ritchie Handicap was worth $160,000 in 2020. The winner is exempt from Epsom Hcp ballot.
Notable winners of the Bill Ritchie Handicap include Probabeel (2020), Kolding (2019), Comin' Through (2017), Manawanui (2014), Boban (2013), Steps In Time (2012), Zabarra (2002/2003), Landsighting (2000), Bezeal Bay (1998), Holy Roller (1997), Monopolize (1995), Rouslan (1994), Prince Of Praise (1992), Our Poverty Bay (1990), Dinky Flyer (1985) and Leica Planet (1983).
The 2020 Bill Ritchie Handicap was won by Probabeel from Cuba and Brandenburg.


Racing and Sports

Previous Bill Ritchie Handicap Winners

Date Horse Jockey WT Trainer BP
PROBABEEL (NZ) 4M
SAVABEEL (AUS) - FAR FETCHED (NZ) PINS (AUS)
K MCEVOY 57.0 JAMIE RICHARDS 2
KOLDING (NZ) 4G
OCEAN PARK (NZ) - MAGIC STAR (AUS) DANZERO (AUS)
G BOSS 57.0 CHRIS WALLER 9
SIEGE OF QUEBEC (AUS) 4H
FASTNET ROCK (AUS) - ROSE OF CIMMARON (AUS) BITE THE BULLET (USA)
TIM CLARK 53.5 G WATERHOUSE & A BOTT 3
COMIN' THROUGH (AUS) 4G
FASTNET ROCK (AUS) - MICA'S PRIDE (AUS) BITE THE BULLET (USA)
M J WALKER 53.0 CHRIS WALLER 6
SONS OF JOHN (AUS) 6G
ORATORIO (IRE) - MOUNTAIN ECHO (AUS) SCENIC (IRE)
B SHINN 55.0 JASON ATTARD 4
SADLER'S LAKE (AUS) 4G
HIGH CHAPARRAL (IRE) - MINGSHAN (AUS) ENCOSTA DE LAGO (AUS)
J CASSIDY 54.0 CHRIS WALLER 1
MANAWANUI (AUS) 6G
ORATORIO (IRE) - LADY REMLAP (AUS) FILANTE (NZ)
T ANGLAND 58.0 R T LEEMON 2
BOBAN (AUS) 4G
BERNARDINI (USA) - KENBELLE (AUS) KENMARE (FR)
G SCHOFIELD 54.5 CHRIS WALLER 1
STEPS IN TIME (AUS) 5M
DANEHILL DANCER (IRE) - RARE INSIGHT (NZ) O'REILLY (NZ)
J CASSIDY 57.0 JOHN O'SHEA 4
THANKGODYOU'REHERE (AUS) 6G
SECRET SAVINGS (USA) - WINIFRED'S PRAYER (AUS) TIERCE (AUS)
R M QUINN 56.0 PATRICK & WAYNE WEBSTER 1
DRUMBEATS (AUS) 5H
REDOUTE'S CHOICE (AUS) - DELICATE CHOICE (AUS) LAST TYCOON (IRE)
C W BROWN 55.0 PETER SNOWDEN 4
MCCLINTOCK (AUS) 5G
KING CUGAT (USA) - SHE'S SWEET (AUS) DANZERO (AUS)
G SCHOFIELD 56.0 MARK DE MONTFORT 13
JUDGED (AUS) 5M
HIGH YIELD (USA) - ADJOURN (AUS) WAAJIB (IRE)
C W BROWN 53.5 JOSEPH PRIDE 7
COALESCE (NZ) 6G
ZABEEL (NZ) - ESSYLT (GB) ARTAIUS (USA)
D BEADMAN 55.0 JOHN HAWKES 1
FLAMING (AUS) 4G
BEAUTIFUL CROWN (USA) - MAHLIN (AUS) MISTER C. (USA)
J FORD 53.0 MS G WATERHOUSE 12
OSCA WARRIOR (AUS) 7G
ZEDITAVE (AUS) - FIONIAN (AUS) OPERA PRINCE (AUS)
L V CASSIDY 55.0 GWENDA MARKWELL 14
ZABARRA (NZ) 5G
ZABEEL (NZ) - VAINDARRA (AUS) VAIN (AUS)
Z PURTON 55.0 JACK DENHAM 6
ZABARRA (NZ) 4G
ZABEEL (NZ) - VAINDARRA (AUS) VAIN (AUS)
R THOMPSON 53.0 JACK DENHAM 16
FOUARDEE (AUS) 4H
FOREST GLOW (USA) - REMEMBER PRU (AUS) BLETCHINGLY (AUS)
J CASSIDY 53.5 J R LEE 11
LANDSIGHTING (AUS) 5G
GREIG (NZ) - POLITICAL ASYLUM (AUS) PLUSH (NZ)
C MUNCE 54.5 NOEL MAYFIELD-SMITH 15

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